Tuesday, July 27, 2010


This is one of my pages I did at the crop on Saturday. I am also using it as my submission for Artful Legacy this week.
I love the colors on this page, they are so soothing and beachy... The photo is of my son Michael walking into the ocean near our house. I love photos of the back of people. I also love that the ocean color looks the same as the paper color.
The SEAHORSE AG441J and LG SHELL CLUSTER AL348J were stamped in Versamark and embossed
in copper Embossing powder. They give thepage a nice, finished look.
Take a look at their great seletion of stamps. http://artfullegacyrubberstamps.blogspot.com.
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Sunday, July 25, 2010


Well, I did it!!! I attended my first crop. After papercrafting in many forms for YEARS, I had never gone to a crop. Well I thought it was high time I did. So my friend Sharon and I signed up for an all day crop at a great scrapbook store in Myrtle Beach South Carolina called Scrappin At The Beach. Even though it is about 1 hour and twenty minutes away, its is our closest scrapbook store.
We went from 11:00 to 8:00 and it included dinner. We had the best time and cant wait to go back and do it again. So much can be accomplished when there are no distractions and you have great people and products all around you. The store has a great selection of papers and embellishments to choose from. And Patti, the owner is just as sweet as can be!
This is me working on a page with a family photo on it. Look at all the room I had to work in~ It was awesome! Here is my friend Sharon,who sat right near me, working on her stuff.
Here is a sneak peek of a beach layout featuring my son Michael. I just love that file thing on my table. It holds so many photos, even 5 by 7's with strong, sturdy dividers. I got it in Hobby Lobby while I was in Denver, CO. a few weeks ago.

And this is just a random adorable picture I had to throw in!
Mr. Kody Biscuit~

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Friday, July 23, 2010

Happy Mail!!

This week I went to my mailbox and look what I found!!!
I had left a comment on the Pink Persimmon blog, as I love their style and was excited to see their new stamps.
Well, I was even more excited to get an email from them letting me know that I had won and to pick which new sets I wanted. New sets??? More than one? Well, they had released 4 new stamp sets, but it was a set of images and a set of sentiments/alphabets. So, since the sets were related~ they let me choose 2 of the coordinating stamps!!! YIPPEE!!!! I chose Baby Clothesline and Baby Sentiments. They are even cuter in person and I cant wait to start using them.
Check out this great company at http://pinkpersimmon.com. You wont be sorry~
Tomorrow I am off to my very first crop. Can you believe I have been doing papercrafts for years and have never gone to a crop??? I guess theres a first time for everything. I'll let ya know how it turned out.
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Wednesday, July 21, 2010


I do apologize!! I went a whole week without posting!! How does that happen? Im really not a slacker, I promise. (at least when it comes to blogging-LOL). Summer fun has just gotten in the way. Its fun to enjoy the kids when there is no school. I also have a sick doggy at home. More to come on that.
Anyhow~ it is already time again for my Artful Legacy Design Team submission for this week. I wanted to make a happy, summery little card~ and I think I accomplished that pretty well. The card kinda reminds me of Hawaii~ which is actually where my Mother in Law is flying to this very evening. Lucky her!
Back to the card. I used the Artful Legacy stamp "There Are Many Beautiful Things ALS1055 J". I stamped it in a plum dye ink and sponged the edges with a bright pink chalk ink. The sentiment was mounted on a scalloped rectangle in a bright green. Designer paper is from a big summer stack from Me and My Big Ideas. That paper was the inspiration for this card, as I just fell in love with the colors~
The card base is A-2 sized and is a pale baby pink. The flowers are a couple of hydrangeas to which I added crystals in the centers. Inside is blank.

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Hope you are all "out playing" in this great summer weather.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010


Hi all! Its Wednesday, so that means its time for me to reveal my submission to Artful legacy for this weeks DT post. I am actually revisiting a stamp I used a few weeks ago. But this time I have used it a bit differently.
It was once again heat embossed after being stamped in Versamark, but this time I have used a dark Cobalt Blue EP to make the image really pop! In the photo below, you can see where it has been embossed with all its shiny goodness.
Flower stamp is "WILD FLOWERS LG ALF 657N". This is the sentiment on the bottom of the card. I love what it says.
The stamp is "YOU CANT LIVE A PERFECT DAY ALS 205H" It has been stamped in Denim ink by Adirondack.

Here is the full card. I have added some primas and rhinestones. The inside is blank.
You can see other DT posts on http://artfullegacyrubberstamps.blogspot.com/.
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Tuesday, July 13, 2010


Just a couple of shots from my husbands birthday on Sunday. We had a really fun day and made lots of good memories.
This is us after we went out to a local restaurant that overlooks the Intracoastal Waterway. When we come here for dinner, we always request to sit on the back deck, so we can enjoy this beautiful view. They also had a man on a guitar playing some really good music. TT and I had one of the specials, which was a Bourbon glazed Ribeye. It was delicious!! If you peek at the bottom of the photo, you can see a take home box which has some of the steak in it. Bob, Theresa Lauren and Michael outside the restaurant.
And this is them at the beach earlier in the day. The water was something like 80 degrees and sooo much fun!

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Monday, July 12, 2010

Happy Birthday Honey~

Yesterday was my sweet husbands birthday. His wish was to go to the beach, and just relax the entire day. He works really hard all week, so it isnt often he gets a day to do nothing. We had a great time. I will post a couple of photos soon.
But in the meantime, here is the card I made him. I immediately went to Sassy Studios Digi images to pick something out for him. He LOVED his Christmas card I made with an image from there, so I knew just where to begin. Once there, I found this beauty. Even better she is in a bathing suit, perfect for a July birthday!
The card is 5 1/2 inches square and made on a black cardstock base. Paper is Basic Grey Sugar Rush. I think the corner punch is by EK sucess. I have had it a really long time. Little ribbon knot (as we cant put a bow on a mans card) is from Stampin Up. I wasnt even sure about putting the knot there, but I thought that spot looked kinda empty without it.
The sentiment is computer generated.

Here is the inside of the card...

These are the Copic colors I used. I also used a Sigmo white gel pen to make some polka dots on her bikini, and a couple of highlights in her hair.
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Friday, July 9, 2010


Just wanted to share with you photos of the adorable little girls we got to play with while we were in Denver 2 weeks ago.
We were all cracking up while taking this picture. we ended up taking about 12 of them, as some babies started to slide , some cry, you know the drill~ LOL.
These girls are all cousins and are within 4 months of each other. It will be fun to watch them grow up together. Up first is Analeigh. She is 5 1/2 months old.

Next is the baby of the group. Here is Amelia. She is almost 3 months old.
This is Amelias big sister Madelyn. she turned 3 in march.

Next we present Magdalene. And she is 5 1/2 months old.
And what post of adorable girlies would be complete without MY girlie~ Theresa Lauren?
Here she is in the airport playing with her handmade Native American doll we bought her up in the mountains.
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Wednesday, July 7, 2010


When its a bookmark!!!!!
For this weeks DT submission, I chose to make this neat little bookmark instead of my usual card.
The tutorial was last weeks feature on SCS. The directions looked so easy I decided to give it a try. The best part is that you can use up some of your little scraps lying around that are too pretty to throw away. Here is the bookmark is action~
It sits perfectly on the corner of your page, patiently waiting for you to come back.
The book, of course could also be closed while the bookmark did its job.

I used the beautiful stamp "SEAHORSE AG441J" from Artful Legacy. Stamped in Memento Brown ink and cut out with oval and scalloped oval Nestabilities. He was so pretty I almost didnt color him in, but then decided to add a bit of a beige tone for some contrast.
The largest piece of cardstock is only a 4 inch square.
Then you need a 2 3/4" square that is cut on the diagonal. This piece adds some stability to the front and back of the top. (Its the blue piece)
After that, its all how you want to make it. I used a fleur de lis border punch from EK Sucess, and some pretty beige polka dot ribbon from a now defunct scrapbook store to add some extra detail.
I love this ribbon because the polka dots are on both sides so you dont have to worry when tying your bows. Unfortunately, it was only sold by the yard, so I have no idea who makes it.
The edges of the image were dusted with chalk ink. Image was adhered with foam tape for height.
The photo below shows the back of the bookmark. Finished on both sides!!
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Sunday, July 4, 2010


Happy Fourth of July to all my sweet friends! I want to wish all of you a wonderful day as we celebrate a most important day in our history~

My little town is famous for its fourth of July celebrations. The festivities go on for 3 or 4 days.
There are craft fairs, many bands on a waterfront stage, naturalization ceremonies, kids events, firemen competitions, tours of old burial grounds and the old jail (which has appeared in movies) and tons of food vendors.
Tomorrow will we have our parade and fireworks display. Im not quite sure why it wasnt today, but I think it must have to do with people being able to attend church in the morning.
I will be at all of it, and will be back with some fun photos of the events.
Be sure to enjoy your day also. Enjoy your families, as they are most important.
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Saturday, July 3, 2010


As promised from a previous post, I have some photos to show you of our trip to Colorado for Fathers Day.
We took several little road trips during the week, and this day we went to Manitou Springs, which is in the Colorado Springs area. My husband parents called this area home. It is unique in that the town has several (7-10?) natural springs coming up out of the ground scattered thruout. They have made fountains and statues around many of them, but the water comes up out of the ground on its own.
Each one tastes different, but they all have a club soda kind of taste. Its all sparkling water, and you are encouraged to drink it and fill your water bottle. There was only one that I liked the taste of. The rest kinda
had too much of a mineral taste for me.
The town is full of shops that have handmade Native American goods in them. The jewelry is stunning. There are also dolls (we got Theresa Lauren one), clothing, dreamcatchers, even a headress or 2.
Here I am with my sister in law Patti. Madelyn is in the background. Great people~ This is one of the mineral springs. This is the one that tasted good to me. And the statue was so pretty. She is using a shell to collect her water. The water is pretty cold also.
Maddy and her Mom getting a taste of another one~

Bob and I after a taste~

A group shot near the center of town. Patti is missing cause she is taking the photo.

This is my sweet husband, his sister and TT.

One of the stores had 3 birdhouses hanging outside and this one had a family of birds living in it. Here, a baby waits for some food~
How cute is that?

At this point of our trip, TT, who is NOT fond of walking around, sat down next to an Indian carved bear outside a store for a rest.
I think those of you that know her will chuckle when they see her face here. It took several minutes of convincing for me to get her up and walking again....
( I have been blessed with much patience LOL)
This is a picture of the town clocktower, I just thought it was so pretty.
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More photos to come.

Friday, July 2, 2010


Hey everyone. Im back with my DT post for http://artfullegacyrubberstamps.blogspot.com/.
I think it must have been a subconcious thing that I picked this image to work with after we were all so crabby from our flights last week~
But either way, I love this image. It was so much fun to color. Its called "JACLYNS CRAB JB137JJ".
Wouldnt it also make such a cute image on a childs birthday invitation? or an invitation for a summer seafood cookout? The napkin holders, placecards, menu all could have this cute little crab stamped on them. Endless possibilities I see here! Using only a few strong colors brought the crab to the forefront of this card, which is where I wanted her. I used my brightest Copic colors for her, R29, R27, R22 in red shades. The only other Copic was W1 for shading.
The colored image was cut out with my Blossom Spellbinder Die, and the next bigger size was used for the border. This one I also ran thru my Big Shot with the Tiny Bubbles Embossing Folder to mimic ocean bubbles.
The sentiment "SUCH A CRAB ALS 1234E" was stamped in black and cut into a ships flag shape. I adhered it with foam tape and gave it a curved shape as I attached it to give the card a little more dimension.

The card was finished with my favorite go-to ribbon, black plaid, and I think it came out pretty well.
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